This is the first in a series of MOVE classes BCMGA will teach on a quarterly basis.
July 2, 2019: MOVE class on nutrition and diet for 18 veterans at the
Olin E. Teague VA Medical Center on How to Grow Your Own Salad. Fellow Master Gardeners look on (left to right) Karen Colwick, Jane Van Praag, Ann Wagner, Joann Zieschang (not shown) and Joan Bumgarner.
A group of Master Gardeners led by Wayne Zieschang taught a group of 18 veterans a MOVE class on How to Grow Your Own Salad. This is the first in a series of MOVE classes BCMGA will teach on a quarterly basis. The MOVE program at the VA is a program targeting nutrition and diet. Wayne, assisted by Joann Zieschang, Karen Colwick, Joan Bumgarner, Ann Wagner, Jane Van Praag and Kathy Love, conducted a hand’s on class using the self-propagating potting method to grow salad greens and radishes. He also taught how to grow onion greens to add to a salad using store bought onions rooted in a glass or cup of water.
Wayne Schirner loaned the group a mature self-propagated pot of lettuce he is growing and a newly sprouted pot of more lettuce to demonstrate succession planting. Sprouting seeds in a plastic bag with damp paper towel was also taught and every veteran took home a self-propagated pot of sprouted lettuce seeds they planted themselves with assistance from our members. Those who wanted a second pot took home either another pot of lettuce or a pot of radishes.
A good time was had by all and the class received very good reviews from the attending veterans and VA staff.
February 4, 2020 – More VA MOVE classes
Kathy Love and Glenn Melton gave the VA MOVE class with a quarterly nutrition and hands on demonstration, at the Olin E. Teague VA Hospital in Temple. They were supported by members Joan Bumgarner, Joyce Richardson and Jan George. The class featured transplants of healthy salad greens including buttercrunch and red sails lettuce, spinach, and green onions. Vets planted in 5 gallon grow bags and took their plantings home to grow. The 25 participating vets also received a packet of bush beans to plant in their pots when the greens and onions are finished. Vets who attended the last MOVE class proudly showed photos of the herbs they received in our last MOVE class in October.
BCMGA Mission Statement
The Bell County Master Gardeners Association assists the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in providing high quality, relevant, research-based horticultural education and service to the residents of Bell County and the state of Texas through outreach, teaching, and demonstration projects.